Reconciliation Program Launched In Wau

The peace program brought together leaders from different sectors of the society including those from the neighbouring, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states. [James Deng Dimo]

The peace program has brought together leaders from different sectors of the society including those from the neighbouring, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states.

According to Efisio Kon Uguak, the committee chairperson, the peace and reconciliation building program will commence across the three counties in the state.

“Today, we are launching this peace building program to reconcile our people and tell them that what happen had happen and we have to open a new page for peace so that our peaceful state should regain its potential peace,” Uguak said.

“We are taking this initiative to put this to an end not to repeat itself again, we have to intensify peace building program among ourselves, we do not want any interpretation that tell our people that there is tribalism, we are one people, we need to stay in peace co-existence as ever before,” he added.

He said the committee will move from Boma to Boma in all to encourage peaceful coexistence.

“We have formed three committees…the investigation committee that deal with investigating into the cause of the crisis, the religious committee and the peace and reconciliation committee that comprise with the human rights group, state assembly members and UN representation,” said the state governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan during his opening remarks.

He said that some politicians turned the government administration plans into tribal interpretation to the local people who are willing to get the services from the government.

He said the state government is now hunting down those people who were responsible for the killing of innocents’ civilians.

“They are criminals because when they talk about Balanda tribe, this is not true, those who carried out the violence were not Balanda because in the state government, we have all tribes including Balanda, why do this criminals attach themselves to Balanda?” he asked.

He said the government had made arrests including the Payam chief who ordered the killing of 25 innocent men in Farajalla, those who burned trucks, and those politicians who were behind the incitement.

The Wau County headquarters transfer was backed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit in December during a visit to Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

The president said that there is nothing wrong with relocation of Wau County headquarters to Bagari as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party policy is for taking towns to people in the rural villages.

The president also instructed security personnel to identify individuals who burnt the national flag during the demonstrations in Wau in December 2012.

On 9 December, the security forces killed nine people when they opened fire on demonstrators angry at the relocation of a County headquarters to Bagari Town.

The incident started on 8th December when demonstrators marched in protest against the decision to take Wau County headquarters to Bagari town.

In protest, residents blocked roads out of Wau and the army was sent in to relieve the blockade.

The governor said the move by the state government to transfer Wau County head quarters to Bagari is not ill intentioned but rather extension of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) vision of taking towns to the people.

The state government also formed an independent committee to investigate the incidents. 

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